Sisters With Transistors – a new documentary about electronic music’s female pioneers – is now available to view via on-demand streaming.
The film tells the history of electronic music through the stories of visionary women whose work with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including: Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel.
“We women were especially drawn to electronic music when the possibility of a woman composing was in itself controversial,” notes Spiegel. “Electronics let us make music that could be heard by others, without having to be taken seriously by the male-dominated Establishment.”
Narrated by electronic music pioneer Laurie Anderson, the film positions the story of women in electronic music in the context of the wider social, political and cultural context of the 20th century.
The film is written and directed by Lisa Rovner.
See the film site for information on screenings and on-demand viewing.